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Automotive Technician

This program provides a seamless pathway for students to obtain an Automotive Technician certificate with an optional Associate in Applied Science degree while receiving 100% paid tuition and employment at both UPS and a local automotive dealership.




Program Overview

This program provides a seamless pathway for students to obtain an Automotive Technician certificate with an optional Associate in Applied Science degree while receiving 100% paid tuition and employment at both UPS and a local automotive dealership. Students will work the day shift at UPS and attend JCTC automotive courses two-days a week. Students will also receive hands on training and additional income by working at a partner dealership one day a week for a minimum of 5 hours, maximum of 10 hours. After graduation, students have the opportunity to work for the dealership full-time as an Automotive Technician with an earning potential of $40,000-$100,000. Students will have the opportunity to continue their education to increase certification levels while working full-time as an automotive technician. To learn more about the career of an automotive technician, watch this video.

Example Schedule:

  • SUNDAY: Work at UPS 10am-4pm
  • MONDAY: Work at UPS 10am-4pm and Attend class 5pm-10pm
  • TUESDAY: Work at UPS 10am-4pm
  • WEDNESDAY: Work at UPS 10am-4pm and Attend class 5pm-10pm
  • THURSDAY: Work at UPS 10am-4pm
  • FRIDAY and/or SATURDAY: Work at Dealership a minimum of 5 hours and maximum of 10 hours a week

(NOTE: Students may complete on-line coursework throughout the week to obtain the Associate in Applied Science degree.)

This program is for MC students who are interested in starting the Automotive Technician program as a cohort. If you are a current MC student enrolled in the Automotive Technician program, or a recent MC graduate, and you are interested in connecting with our partner employers, please submit your information on this form: Current MC Student Employment Interest Form.


Course Offerings

This is a two and half year program at Jefferson Community and Technical College and includes fall, spring and summer enrollment.

  • YEAR 1
    • Fall Semester 1st 8 weeks: Basic Automotive Electricity & Basic Automotive Electricity Lab (5 credits)
    • Fall Semester 2nd 8 weeks: Brakes Systems and Lab (5 credits)
    • Spring Semester 1st 8 weeks: Suspension and Steering and Lab (5 credits)
    • Spring Semester 2nd 8 weeks: Electrical Systems and Electrical Systems Lab (5 credits)
    • Summer Semester 16 weeks: Engine Repair and Lab (5 credits)
    • Optional 6 credit hours of on-line General Education requirements
  • YEAR 2
    • Fall Semester 1st 8 weeks: Basic Fuel and Ignition Systems and Lab (5 credits)
    • Fall Semester 2nd 8 weeks: Emissions Systems and Lab (5 credits)
    • Spring Semester 1st 8 weeks: Climate Control and Lab (5 credits)
    • Spring Semester 2nd 8 weeks: Computer Control Systems and Diagnosis (5 credits)
    • Summer Semester 16 weeks: Automatic Transmission/Transaxle (5 credits)
    • Optional 6 credit hours of on-line General Education requirements
  • YEAR 3
    • Fall Semester 1st 16 weeks: Manual Transitions and Lab (5 credits)
    • Optional 3 credit hours of on-line General Education requirements

Program Benefits

Metropolitan College Benefits

  • 100% JCTC Tuition deferred
  • UP to $65 per course for books and software
  • Beginning August 2021, UPS starting pay rate of $15 per hour.
  • Employees, along with their spouses and dependents, receive health, dental, vision, prescription, and life insurance coverage after 9 months of employment. Employees also receive paid vacation and holidays after 1 year of employment.
  • Semester Bonuses of up to $500 (after taxes) with successful completion of 6 or more credit hours with a grade C or better.
  • Graduation Bonus of $400 (after taxes) upon completion of associate degree.
  • Customize career coaching assistance to assist with interviewing skills and clarification of career goals.

Automotive Dealership Benefits

  • Starting pay rate $15 an hour
  • Minimum of 5 hours, and a maximum of 10 hours, of work a week. Students can request additional hours from dealership.
  • Access to free online manufacture specific training and certifications.
  • Tools provided. Tool Purchasing programs available as you progress in the program.
  • Upon completion of program, student will be level 1 certified and have the opportunity to continue to training to be level 3 certified with an earning potential of $100,000.
  • Dealerships will work with program participants to arrange for time off occasionally on the weekends to participants can spend time with family.

Kentucky LOOP Benefits

  • Automotive MC students can be LOOP participants OR Non-LOOP participants.
  • Housing Program is open to all Kentucky residents who have confirmed and validated residency in a Kentucky county.
  • The Kentucky LOOP, Living Options and Opportunities Path, provides eligible Jefferson Community and Technical College (JCTC) Metropolitan College participants with a $325 per month housing stipend.
  • Refer to the LOOP benefits page for benefit and enrollment information.



Enrollment Process

Step 1: Learn about the Automotive Technician Pathway

  • Register for an on-line information session for students and families. The next session is schedule for May 18, 2021 6:30 -7:30 pm. Stay tuned for more details!
  • Learn about the Automotive Technician Career Pathway by watching this career video. Print out our program overview document as a reference tool (TBA).
  • If unable to attend an information session, contact Lexius Yarbrough at lyarbrough00005@kctcs.edu or 502-213-2645

Step 2: Submit a Metro College Automotive Technician Interview Request Form

  • Program space is limited to 20 participants for Fall 2021. Submit your interest form as soon as possible.
  • Applicants will receive dealership information to set up interviews. (Target Date: June 14)
  • Applicants will interview with dealerships. (Target Dates: Weeks of June 21 and 28)

Step 3: Apply to Jefferson Community and Technical College (JCTC) and file a FAFSA

Step 4:Apply and Get Hired by UPS

  • Go to UPSJobsKY.com and click on Apply Now.
  • Apply 30-45 days prior to desired start date.

Step 5: Accept employment at UPS and dealership of choice.

Step 6: Complete all steps listed above and schedule your JCTC cohort classes by July 15.

Then you are ready to...

  • Begin employment at UPS.
  • Start classes at JCTC with your program cohort August.
  • Begin work at the dealership August.



Program Eligibility

  • Students pursuing a diploma or certificate need a 16 ACT or higher.
  • Students pursuing an Associate of Science need to meet regular JCTC admission criteria of 16 ACT or higher
  • Students must meet UPS hiring requirements
  • Students must meet dealership hiring requirements. These requirements vary by dealership.

Contact

To learn more about this program, contact Lexius Yarbrough, MC Student Development Counselor at 502-213-2645 or lyarbrough0005@kctcs.edu

If you are an Automotive Dealership interested in participating in this partnership, please submit the Automotive Dealership Partner Participant Form.